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Prime directive

Before we start the first activity, I always show this flip chart. Always, and I always read it out loud. If I have the feeling something conflicts with Prime Directive of Retrospectives, there is a major issue. An issue I need to discuss with the manager or with the...

One word

Ask people to describe the last iteration with just one word. Simple and effective, everyone has to speak out. You could ask people to explain their one word. Ask the team if they a pattern or something they want to discuss.

Draw the sprint

A bit the same like the previous one. However, you ask the people to draw the iteration on a sticky note. Make sure you got stickies. Ask them to explain their drawing. The title of the flip chart is “Draw The Sprint”, hard to read. Maybe it was a bit too...

ESVP

Activity from the book Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. Explain the first categories: Explorer, exciting to be in the retro and eager to discover and learn new things. Shopper, happy to be in the retro and open to learn new things. Vacationer, glad to be...

Weather

Ask people to put a sticky note on the weather that represents for them the last iteration. The drawing bottom right is not sunny side up… but the sun. Discuss the results and especially when there are some people feeling Sunny and some are feeling like...

How do you feel?

Ask people to put a sticky note on how they feel, or how they experienced the last iteration. Some people will ask what does this emoticon mean? Just say whatever you think it means. Ask them to explain why they put a sticky note on a certain emoticon. Therefore, it...